A maths teacher at a high school in Maine, USA has been allowed to keep her pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom. The tree was made from pink plastic and was adorned with Hello Kitty ornaments. The teacher, Catherine Gordon, had earlier been ordered by the school principal Paul Butler to remove it after he decided it was an "inappropriate" Christmas decoration. Mr Butler explained to ABC News that he initially believed the tree did not fit with the way the school celebrated the different religious events happening at this time of the year. He said: "A concern was shared with me regarding an inconsistency with our balanced approach to holiday observances."
Ms Gordon said: "I didn’t think a pink Hello Kitty tree was offensive. It's a tree that's been up in my classroom for years." She posted her story on Facebook and it quickly went viral. She wrote: "The tree had no religious symbols on it whatsoever. No crosses or angels, just pink Hello Kitties and my students really enjoyed it." She added that society was becoming too worried about upsetting different people. She said: "I feel that this is definitely a turning point in our society when everything offends everyone all the time. It just sucks the joy out of everything." She told the local newspaper that: "It just seems that in our quest to be tolerant of everything, we've become intolerant to everything."
戈登认为：“我不认为Hello Kitty粉红圣诞树是大不敬。这棵树已经在教室里摆放多年 。”她将经历发到“脸书”，并迅速走红 。她写到：“这棵树没有任何宗教含义 。没有十字架，没有天使，只是粉色的Hello Kitty 。我的学生很喜欢 。”她还补充道，整个社会担惊害怕，生怕会刺激一些人 。她认为：“当我们总是对任何事情感到不安时，这正是社会的转折点 。这只会让所有事情了无生趣 。”她在接受当地媒体报道时称：“当我们希望包容一切时，我们反而对所有事情都无法包容 。”
1.fit with 符合
例句：Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.
2.turning point 转折点
例句：Yet, still, it was the turning point in my life because I was no longer biasing myself against God.
3.worried about 为…担心
例句：But I’m not worried about this.
4.inconsistency with 与..不一致
例句：What is the US justification for such inconsistency with WTO principles?
1.Where can a teacher now keep her Christmas tree?
a) in the school yard
b) in her classroom
c) in her garden
d) at home
2.What kind or ornaments was the tree adorned with?
a) expensive ones
c) Hello Kitty ones
d) handmade ones
3.What kind of Christmas decoration did the principal call the tree?
4.Which news agency did the principal talk to?
5.What approach does the school have towards holiday observances?
a) a balanced one
b) a considered
d) major ones
6.For how long has the tree been in the classroom?
7.What kind of symbols are not on the tree?
a) Christmas ones
b) maths ones
c) beautiful ones
d) religious ones
8.What kind of point in society did the teacher talk about?
a) point blank
b) a point of view
c) a turning point
d) a focal point
9.What did the teacher say is sucked out of everything?
10.What did the teacher say we've become intolerant to?